January 17 – 21, 2020

Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer is a Moth StorySlam winner, a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellow, and a mentor for incarcerated authors through the Pen City Writers program. His work appears in SalonThe SunBrevityOrionGuernicaThe Rumpus, and elsewhere, and his audio essays have been broadcast on CBC Radio’s Love Me and The New York Times‘s Modern Love: The Podcast.

At Good Hart, Michael will continue working on a memoir-in-essays that deals with his time as a state prison inmate. The manuscript studies the quieter, often overlooked moments that constitute prison life; Good Hart is the perfect environment to look deeply into those moments. As someone who embraces social justice work and the liberating power of creative writing, he’s looking forward to engaging with members of the local community and being inspired by their stories as well.

Community Event

Michael Fischer – Student Writing Workshop at Lakeview High School

Resident writer Michael Fischer led a 2-day workshop with the students of Lakeview High School in Petoskey, Michigan. Michael began writing while he was incarcerated and went on to complete his master’s degree after his release from prison. Lakeview High School is a court-ordered school operated by Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District in partnership with Emmet County Probate Court. Michael worked with the students on activities that helped them to find their voice and to tell their own stories in writing.